Actor Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness have made an appeal to fellow Australians to dig deep and help those hit by severe drought in the Horn of Africa.
“Children are the most vulnerable in times of crisis like this and in the worst-hit areas of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia nearly half a million young people are at risk of malnutrition,” Furness said in the video appeal for World Vision Australia.
Both Furness and Jackman are ambassadors for the charitable organisation.
“Hugh and I have been in Ethiopia, and we’ve seen first-hand the World Vision staff who work on the ground. They’re at the crisis points now providing lifesaving food and water,” she added.
“World Vision are also supporting long-term programs such as drought-tolerant crops, help for herders’ animals, and families to diversify their income source so that drought doesn’t leave them without an income,” Jackman said.
“World Vision urgently needs your help to assist those in need,” he said.
World Vision hopes to help more than 2.5 million people in the three most-affected countries of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.
* Donations can be made to World Vision Australia’s East Africa Emergency Appeal by visiting www.worldvision.com.au.